“They are thoroughly deserving of this prestigious award.”
With those words, Wallsend state MP Sonia Hornery acknowledged both Joanna Bailey and the Newcastle Hunters group for their outstanding contributions to the electorate.
The pair was presented NSW Government Community Service Awards on Monday 19 April for their respective involvement in the improvement of the quality of life of residents.
Both recipients were nominated for their exceptional efforts in looking after numerous locals during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020.
Ms Bailey received her plaudits for the assistance she provided to the community during the lockdown phase in early 2020.
She helped out a number of elderly residents who were unable to get out and do the simple things, like shopping and paying bills, and undertaking regular welfare checks.
All while raising her five children, working and studying at the University of Newcastle.
The Newcastle Hunters are a sporting team, which put together more than 50 grocery kits to support people who were struggling during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Club representative Juby Jacobs contacted Ms Hornery and arranged for ongoing deliveries of the packages to the office and members of the community who were struggling after losing their jobs.
The organisation also raised $5,000 for bushfire relief.
“Throughout this pandemic, some in our community have gone above and beyond to help those in need, or those that just needed a helping hand to get food and pay bills during long periods of isolation,” Ms Hornery said.
“The NSW Government Community Service Award recognises those who lead, volunteer and contribute to their local communities.
“So, Joanna and the Newcastle Hunters are prime examples of this.
“The generosity and support from both of them helped many individuals and families during the COVID-19 lockdown.
“Thank you to these community heroes for going above and beyond.”